Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with making a false police report after allegedly staging a hate crime attack on himself to get a payrise
The Chicago Police Department has launched an internal probe into Jussie Smollett’s case after information was leaked during the course of the investigation.
The investigation was recently opened by the Chicago PD’s Chief of Detectives due to concerns that someone within the force was leaking the information.
Investigators indicated that ‘inaccurate’ information about the Smollett case made its way into the media and the department wants to determine how it got out.
‘A lot of the information out there was inaccurate and there were numerous agencies involved in this investigation,’ a Chicago PD spokesman said.
‘As a standard procedure when there are allegations of information being leaked, an internal investigation has been opened and we are also looking at our vulnerabilities.’
Smollett’s attorney has previously slammed the police department over its investigation and claimed the leaks were an attempt to skewer the Empire actor.
Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson has previously defended the department’s investigation into the attack and condemned Smollett after the actor was charged with filing a false police report.
The Chicago Police Department has launched an internal probe into Jussie Smollett’s case after information was leaked during the course of the investigation. Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson (above) has previously defended the department’s investigation into the attack
Police say they have overwhelming evidence Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers to attack him on January 29 in a staged hate crime because he wanted a higher salary.
Smollett maintains he is innocent and claims he was attacked by homophobic, racist assailants who shouted: ‘This is MAGA country!’ while beating him, putting a noose around his neck and pouring bleach on him.
The Superintendent has batted away Smollett’s claim that a $3,500 check for the brothers he allegedly paid to attack him was for personal training and said there was surveillance footage, physical evidence and testimony that proves it was a hoax that is yet to be presented.
‘He still has the presumption of evidence and he’ll get his opportunity in court if he chooses to go that route,’ Johnson said, rejecting Smollett’s lawyers claim that he has been unfairly vilified by the police department and prosecutor’s office.
Police say they have overwhelming evidence Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers, Abel (left) and Ola (right) Osundairo, to attack him on January 29 in a staged hate crime because he wanted a higher salary
Jussie Smollett, pictured leaving county jail last week, maintains he is innocent and claims he was attacked by homophobic, racist assailants who shouted: ‘This is MAGA country!’
‘I can tell you this, there’s a lot more evidence that has not been presented yet that does not support his version of the incident.
It comes as dozens of nurses claim they were fired for looking at Smollett’s medical records after he was treated in the emergency room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on January 29.
One nurse told CBS Chicago that she was merely scrolling past Smollett’s record to get to another patient’s file.
They said hospital bosses still fired them and that others received similar treatment.
Smollett, who will return to court March 14 to face a felony disorderly conduct charge for allegedly making the entire story up, went to the hospital in the early hours of the morning on January 29 after speaking to police.
He had some scratches and bruising on his face and also claimed to have bruises on his ribs.